Hand Painted porcelain is beautiful no matter if executed in a factory decorating department, professional decorating studio or by skilled individuals in a home studio environment. During the late 1800's and early 1900's this became a favorite hobby of many American ladies who would purchase china blanks from various companies and create their own works of art. This form of art-work continues today by artists who use porcelain instead of canvas to express their creativity.
This lovely hand painted oval tray, circa 1990's, was executed in a home studio environment. The motif is three large soft pastel pink California poppy blossoms nestled among a bed of variegated green leaves with sprigs of delicate baby's breath for added dimension. The floral display is encircled with a silver band as well as the outer edge of the tray. The artist, Betty Bruny, 1918-2015, was born in Wabash, Indiana and in 1962 moved to Monroe, Wisconsin where she became an avid china painter and studied with Annie Segner, an accomplished artist also from Monroe. The tray measures 13" in length and 10 1/4" in width. It is signed on the front "Betty Bruny" and on the back "For Janet Rusch, Monroe, WI". There are no cracks, chips or repairs; lovely contemporary piece of art.
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